Smog alert in Moravia and Silesia

The authorities have called a smog alert in Moravia and Silesia following a severe worsening of air pollution in the regions. The amount of dust particles in the air now exceeds permitted norms several-fold at all monitoring stations in the region, and in the worst affected areas they are five times higher than normal. Children, chronically ill people and senior citizens have been advised to stay indoors. If the situation should worsen further the authorities could ask local companies to scale down production.